In England's green and pleasant land…

Following on from the excitement and euphoria of the recent Shakespeare Odes project, Ex Cathedra's 47th season continues to celebrate Britain’s cultural heritage, old and new. We are very happy to be performing again James MacMillan’s stunning cantataSeven Angels at Cheltenham Music Festival and at the Barbican, London. Included in the programme are Parry’s Jerusalem and Blest Pair of Sirens.

Ex Cathedra’s two Candlelight programmes celebrating the Winter and Summer Solstices both feature music by contemporary British composers as well as the much loved traditional repertoire.

England’s earliest great opera, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas heralds Ex Cathedra’s exploration over the next few years of music by Henry Purcell, this “fairest isle’s" true Baroque gem.

My research also continues to mine the rich repertoire of South America and A Brazilian Christmas features the music of the remarkable João de Deus de Castro Lobo (1794 -1832). His Matinas de Natal is one of his finest compositions.

No Ex Cathedra season would be complete without JS Bach. On Good Friday we perform the St John Passion in Symphony Hall in a special reconstruction to mark 500 years of Lutheran worship. In the Autumn our Birmingham season begins with Bach’s Mass in B minor, the crowning achievement of a musician whom many people believe is the greatest composer of all time. In almost every way this work is a performers’ toughest challenge, a true benchmark of achievement, a musical Everest. Not to be missed!

© Jeffrey Skidmore, 2016

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